ESPN released its coverage plans for the 2010 Masters Tournament, beginning April 8 with first round coverage on ESPN. You can see the full schedule for ESPN and CBS here. From ESPN:
ESPN’s 2010 Masters Coverage Includes Expansive Multimedia Applications
Live Coverage of Tiger Woods’ First Tee Shot Thursday
First & Second Rounds Plus Par 3 Contest Live on ESPN3.com
ESPN’s expansive coverage of the Masters Tournament includes live Tournament play, the Par 3 Contest the day preceding the Tournament, highlights, news and information and analysis on a variety of ESPN platforms in the U.S. and around the world, including television, radio and online.
Television in the U.S.
ESPN and ESPN HD will present live first- and second-round action, Thursday, April 8, and Friday, April 9, from 4-7:30 p.m. ET. An encore presentation will air in primetime each night from 8-11 p.m. ESPN Deportes, ESPN’s Spanish-language U.S. sports network, will also televise the first and second rounds live from 4-7:30 p.m.
Prior to the live television windows Thursday and Friday, SportsCenter will provide live cut-ins and in-progress highlights beginning at 9 a.m., including the first tee shots Thursday live from the grouping that includes Tiger Woods.
ESPN’s Mike Tirico will serve as host of ESPN’s telecasts with Curtis Strange providing analysis, including the Par 3 Contest. CBS will produce the telecasts, which will also include Jim Nantz, Nick Faldo, Peter Oosterhuis, Verne Lundquist, David Feherty Bill Macatee, Peter Kostis and Ian-Baker Finch. Francisco Aleman and Silvia Bertolaccini have the call on ESPN Deportes with John Sutcliffe serving as the on course reporter.
The Masters Par 3 Contest will air Wednesday, April 7, live in high definition from 3-5 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN3.com. The Par 3 Contest is the traditional event held each Wednesday prior to the Masters that includes Tournament participants, non-competing past champions and honorary invitees in a fun, family atmosphere. The event, which began in 1960, was first televised by ESPN in 2008.
ESPN will also produce live 3D coverage of the Masters for the Par 3 Contest (Wednesday, April 7 from 3-5 p.m.) and all four rounds (Thursday and Friday, April 8-9 from 4-6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, April 10-11 from 5-7 p.m.). The 3D presentation will cover holes 4, 8 and 9 on the Par 3 course Wednesday and have extensive coverage of the back nine on the main course Thursday through Sunday. The 3D coverage will be available through Augusta National to customers of Comcast, Cox, Time Warner and Cablevision and via Masters.com. Terry Gannon will host with Andy North Wednesday through Friday. Tirico and North will be paired together Saturday and Sunday.
The Masters Online
In addition, there will be extensive Masters Tournament offerings for fans online across ESPN.com, ESPN3.com (formerly ESPN360.com) and Masters.com:
- The Road to Augusta, a series of articles leading up to the Masters;
- Live “look-ins” and extensive highlights during tournament week
- live leaderboard link from Masters.com;
- features on Tiger Woods;
- columns by national columnist Gene Wojciechowski, ESPN.com golf writers Bob Harig and Jason Sobel;
- live tournament action via CoverItLive from Sobel;
- exclusive ESPN.com video analysis segments nightly during the Tournament;
- live audio updates and interviews on ESPNRadio.com.
- an original online putting game, fantasy and trivia games;
- “Amen Corner,” “Featured Group,” “Hole Nos. 15 and 16,” and “Masters Extra” live on Masters.com;
- ESPN.com and Golf Digest will collaborate for extensive online editorial reporting of The Masters, including ESPN.com’s complete Masters news and information, contributions from Golf Digest and Golf World, ESPN podcasts, live chats and more.
ESPN3.com will offer live simulcasts of ESPN’s telecasts of the Par 3 Contest and the first two rounds of the Tournament.
Additional ESPN coverage of The Masters:
SportsCenter Masters segments, hosted by Mike Tirico and Scott Van Pelt from a brand new set on the grounds of Augusta National Golf Club, will begin Monday, April 5 on the 9 a.m. show and will include Tiger Woods’ press conference live at 2 p.m. (Note: SportsCenter will air on ESPNEWS at that time). Tirico and Van Pelt will be joined by analysts Andy North and Curtis Strange and reporters Tom Rinaldi and Wendi Nix. Van Pelt will also host with North a special 60-minute preview SportsCenter at The Masters Wednesday, April 8, at 5 p.m. following the Par 3 Contest telecast.
This year 82 countries will see the Masters on ESPN platforms. Fans in these countries can follow The Masters on ESPN television, online, mobile and broadband platforms. The Masters is available in:
- Asia (15.5 hours to 16 countries and 174 million households via ESS),
- Latin America (all four rounds to 45 Countries, 25.3 million households),
- Canada (11.6 million households with the first two rounds of The Masters live on TSN, with same-day re-airs in primetime of the final two rounds and on RDS, which will carry all four rounds live in French)
- North Africa and the Middle East (all four rounds to 19 countries, 600,000 households)
- The Par 3 Contest, the first two rounds and exclusive “Amen Corner,” “Featured Group,” and “Hole Nos. 15 and 16,” will be live on ESPN360.com in Latin America.
ESPN Radio SportsCenter reporter Dan Davis will present updates from Augusta National Golf Club throughout the Masters Tournament Wednesday-Sunday, April 7-11. Davis will provide live hourly updates (3:40.-8:40 p.m.) during the first two rounds, and twice-an-hour reports at 20 and 40 minutes past the hour (1:20-8:40 p.m.) throughout the weekend’s SportsCenter Saturday and SportsCenter Sunday programs. Davis’ reports will also run on weekday’s SportsCenter A.M. (5-6 a.m.) and be featured in ESPN Radio’s one-hour Masters Recap specials (10-11 p.m.) within Thursday and Friday’s SportsCenter Tonight (10 p.m.-1 a.m.)
ESPNEWS will offer all the latest Masters news beginning Monday, April 5, with the live Tiger Woods press conference, interviews, pre- and post-round news conferences and analysis from Scott Van Pelt, Andy North and Mike Tirico.
ESPN Classic will televise a 43-hour Masters Tribute featuring Official Masters Films beginning Tuesday, April 6, at 9 p.m. leading right up to the first round Masters telecast on Thursday.
The first and second rounds will be simulcast live on the ABC SuperSign in New York City’s Time Square, Wednesday April 8, from 3-5 p.m. and Thursday and Friday, April 9-10, from 4-7:30 p.m.
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